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Posted 2007-01-19 by Tony Walsh
Slamdance Games Competition Shrivels Up
Ian Bogost over at Water Cooler Games has been keeping on top of the shriveling Slamdance Guerilla Games Competition situation, reporting today that entrants The Behemoth have pulled their upcoming Xbox Live Arcade game Castle Crashers from competing.

Behemoth joins a long list of entrants which have jumped ship. Most were dissatisfied with the unexpected removal of Super Columbine Massacre RPG! from the competition by Slamdance President Peter Baxter.

A more recent blow to the competition's credibility came from the DigiPen Institute of Technology, which reportedly forced its students' game Toblo to compete at Slamdance, despite the students' initial protest and pull-out. DigiPen apparently owns IP created by its students. I've never been in favour of academic organizations grabbing such rights. There's no good reason for it, as demonstrated by DigiPen. Chumps.
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Comment posted by Ordinal Malaprop
January 20, 2007 @ 5:33 pm
That move by DigiPen seems poorly judged. It appears as if colleges owning IP rights on things created by their students is fairly common, but I suspect that it is tolerated because it generally isn't enforced. Given that the students concerned will be going to Slamdance anyway but refusing to accept any awards and also giving interviews no doubt, really, refusing their request sounds like a very bad idea.
Comment posted by Duane B
January 22, 2007 @ 12:21 pm
Castle Crashers is going to be a very good game. I can't wait for it to come out.
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